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 from Random Acts of Kindness

The LORD bless you, and keep you; The LORD make His face shine on you,

And be gracious to you;

The LORD lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.’

Numbers 6:24-26

“And now may the LORD show lovingkindness and truth to you; and I also will show this goodness to you, because you have done this thing.

2 Samuel 2:6

What had ignited this thanksgiving in the midst of some confusion that was begging for attention and recognition like a screaming toddler? Surely it couldn’t have been this Monday morning’s unanticipated “cleaning up”, “straightening up”as Mama aptly labels it. But I do know that something definitely led to this mornings praise and worship that overshadowed all of the foolishness. Maybe it was my momentarily scanning facebook, reading my notifications then virtually visiting my friend’s pages which had me gravitate towards the wall of Random Acts of Kindness. Looking at their colorful graphics and spiritual messages there was no doubting that I would immediately share several of their timely, upbeat-encouraging words and post them on my own wall. Sounds familiar I bet. Determined to keep the momentum flowing I hurriedly ate my breakfast, and got busy focusing –“straightening up”, gathering a load of rugs to be laundered, then it was a frantic pace of applying cleaning solutions, wiping and spraying as I cleaned the bathrooms. It was much too quiet so I turned on Pandora and enjoyed my Tramaine Hawkins station. Absolutely I love hearing her sing: Changed.

A change,

A change has come over me!

My spirit concurs, “Me too, Sister Tremaine, I can attest to that!”

Lord knows that is distinctly the truth, I’ve got options on how I’ll choose to respond and engage the enemy. Yes, thank goodness for the reminder of that on yesterday. Instead it is time to be still and remember the joy God showered on me and a gathering of friends yesterday. My heart initially was heavy but God had a great surprise in store for all of us.

As I reflect on Sunday, it was so sweetly orchestrated by the divine. Several of us all had a similar idea and that was to meet at our elder friend’s home-unexpected there we were. It began when we casually gathered and then it happened, assembling our chairs closer (circular fashion) to our beloved elder/surrogate mother/ aunt/ confidante/ friend. And we felt it, subtle but pronounced, it was in the air, the outpouring of the divine elixir of shared wisdom, love, and anointing flowing freely. Mother wit took her rightful seat to. Laughter, prayer, repentance, joy, struggles, victories and pain weren’t withheld. Nodding of heads and voracious hearts eagerly soaking up nuggets which caused the conversational coverings to be freely exposed, flung aside and open heartfelt issues sprung. Oh I am so thankful for the unearthed revelations birthed and shared! We concurred that what the devil had intended for our demise, God turned around and allowed “it” to be for our good. The liberated conversations, the fellowship, the kindred hearts erupted into prayerful thanksgiving that God was so active in the midst of it all and we continue to stand on those truths. We are persuavering still, we  overcame much and it’s evidenced that our scripts are yet unfolding. God had and has plans for our good. It’s so clear that that God sent my sisters and adopted mother this way! Collectively our hearts leaped when we realized that although there are apparent difficulties and valley experiences that we must encounter, it never negates the awesomeness of our Jehovah God! He’s with you and me especially during our moments of isolation. So my energy burst entailing: scrubbing, searching and reflecting indeed is a part of this watershed of thanksgiving to the Lord. Surely you see it also! It validates we are not abandoned and alone, it’s just a matter of when God will connect us with other believers. And you know what? Our meeting together could not have occurred on a better day! This was indeed no random act but God’s way of once again displaying his kindness. Thank you Holy Ghost! Time to go and tackle my closet for the clothes give-away! Be blessed my brothers, and be further encouraged my sisters!


Yours is the kingdom of heaven and of earth! We acknowledge that we belong to you and every good and perfect gift comes from you God even when our worlds are quaking! Thank you Lord for all you’ve done for me and mine! Without you we’d be forever lost. You are our great and mighty Heavenly Father! We decree and declare that the spiritual gifts you’ve provided will enlarge our territories for  God’s plan and our consecrated good. We love you and are so appreciative of your numerous acts of kindness and mercy towards us, and that which concerns us. Let us not be hindered, nor distracted by the evil one. Bless those that are in need of a divine touch and are in search of a new direction. Let us be instrumental in sharing the Good News of the Gospel and  your love through service & prayer. Help us Lord in our struggles to overcome hurts and hardship. We will not be weary in well doing and cheerfully endeavor to serve you in spirit and in truth. With hearts ready for service we continually behold your presence in awe and thanksgiving!  Thank you for the blood shed for our redemption and salvation. Yours is the honor, glory and the praise, in Jesus name we pray! Amen!


Ledisi @ Potter’s House singing Thank You Lord

 Joyful, Joyful,

Linda Mose Meadows, Inspirational Author of: The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises and Co-publisher of Eyes of Faith Magazine






2010 photo by Linda Mose Meadows

Mike enjoying Ebony featuring HBCU students. He was one of the student’s selected for the Sept.2010, Educational Edition

“Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

NIV Matthew 6:10

One thing spontaneously spring boarded into the next this morning. I awoke so anxious about our son. (Scripture warns us against being anxious but admittedly my thinking overrode that truth.) He’s miles away and my discerning internal radar was quite active! Ever had that foreboding feeling? Well that’s what seemed to have latched onto me and I refused to ignore it! Although Mike’s a young adult I still have hidden maternal concerns. (Obvious to many I am sure.) I recalled having a dream that Mike was an infant again and I was cradling him. Apparently there had been multiple events occurring in the dream and I just wasn’t able to make sense of it, but in my spirit I felt an urgency to spiritually connect with him, to reach out and hear his voice. When I awoke I phoned him and began closely listening and then asking a series of questions. Bingo! I then learned what issues were of deep concern, shared my brand of advice and began to pray with him. This was no time for a “pitty pat”prayer, but instead to make an urgent petition to our Heavenly Daddy! A prayer to Abba Father declaring His-God’s word! It was time to begin proclaiming and decreeing Mike’s steps, loosing God’s plan and binding the enemy’s hand through warfare praying! I’d like to believe we were handling God’s divine assigned business!

 “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. NIV Matthew 6:10

In prayer my intent was to audibly establish that the enemy’s plan was being demolished, thwarted no matter what it appeared to be and instead to trust that God’s plan would prevail.

At the conclusion or our prayer and conversation and saying,“Keep me posted, goodbye.” I dropped my head and prayed now with heart of elevated thanksgiving, I distinctly felt it, heard it- the words in my spirit, the tune, the melody and the song gurgling, welling up: Great Is Thy Faithfulness! Instantly what I sang was my truth, my elder’s truth that: “Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” Lamentation 3:23. The essence of this scripture was evident! It had a deeper meaning, a deeper significance as I reflected on this morning’s devotional of sorts.

The truth is clearer now that for all Believer’s that aren’t misguided by trials can fully acknowledge God’s outpouring love and mercy will remain irreversible. Thank you Holy Spirit with impressing upon us that God never snatches back His love and turns His back on us like some jilted lover. The song got so good to me that I googled the words: Great is Thy Faithfulness penned by Thomas Chisholm (1923): 

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God, my Father,                                                There is no shadow of turning with Thee; Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not;                                                                                                  As Thou hast been, Thou forever wilt be.
Summer and winter and springtime and harvest, Sun, moon and stars in their courses above;
Join with all nature in manifold witness To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
Pardon for sin And a peace that endureth, Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide; Strength for today And bright hope for tomorrow               Blessings all mine, With ten thousand beside.
Great is Thy faithfulness,                                                                          Great is Thy faithfulness Morning by morning new mercies I see                     All I have needed Thy hand hath provided                                                  Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.


My morning wrapped up with several youtube videos which further validated and confirmed the power and beauty of Abba Father’s faithful love. Thank goodness God’s marvelous love is not exclusive to a marginal group! Listen to and marvel at the testimony of Donnie McClurkin and Bishop TD Jakes:

I trust your heart is also leaping!

~Prayer of Thanksgiving by Linda Mose Meadows~

Lord, thank you for the watershed moments we experience in our waking hours. Thank you for also allowing us to experience your paternal love in moments of reflection, prayer and song. We take comfort in knowing that you delight in our presence. We obtain so much positive validation when you allow us to commune with you in spirit and truth. Thank you for keeping chronos time at bay in order to absorb the lessons you wish to convey to us. Our heart matters and burdens are much lighter, the load less daunting because once again we’ve experienced the confirmation of your prevailing love and grace. Your power endued upon us is life changing! We hear you, see you and feel you Lord! We are grateful for the Holy Scripture which reminds us that “No weapon formed against us shall prosper.” And “Great is [your] faithfulness; [your] mercies begin afresh each morning.” I am singing Lord, we are singing your praises! To you be all glory, dominion and power in the name of our benevolent Lord and Savior, in Jesus Christ we pray! Amen, amen.

Joyful, Joyful,

Linda Mose Meadows, Inspirational Author of: The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises and Co-publisher of Eyes of Faith Magazine

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Quilted Mask by Artist Patricia Johnson
“Throw back the shoulders, let the heart sing, let the eyes flash,
let the mind be lifted up, look upward and say to yourself
… nothing is impossible!”
Norman Vincent Peale
preacher, author



“This quilt was made during a workshop taken a few years ago while working on this piece, I realized that some people confine spirituality to a book or church and fail to recognize the ever present spirituality of their natural surroundings. When we open ourselves to nature’s beauty, power, and intricacies, then spiritual lessons will come to us with little effort.”
“Fish Fantasy” Explained by Quilter Patricia Johnson,
Spirits of the Cloth: Contemporary African American Quilts

by Carolyn Mazloomi, Pg. 82

Amazing artisan!
Texile Artist and Quilter: Ms. Patricia Johnson featured in
Spirits of The Cloth by Carolyn Mazloomi.
She’s sharing excerpt in publication regarding: Fish Fantasy.

We’re delighted to have Ms. Johnson as our precious friend!
My son, Michael and Ms. Patricia Johnson.
Some gifts just can’t be purchased. Yes, they are priceless and most unexpected. These gifts aren’t always acquired in highend boutiques, our community strip plazas or in our beloved mega malls. Thank goodness! No, no my friends they are the wonderful creations that God has fashioned in human form. This is the category that I place Ms. Patricia Johnson of Hampton,Virginia in.
Patricia Johnson is a master, talented Quilter (self taught),Textile Artist and art aficionado. Not to mention she can scout out a yard sale and resurface with pieces that only an artist could immediately scope out and understand its priceless value. As Michael and I sat in her living room listening and trying hard not to interupt with our many questions. We understood that that early evening visit was too wonderful for words. We appreciated learning about her fascinating life growing up in New York City, sojourns and jaunts throughout Europe, memberships in Art guilds and preservation endeavors-laughing about past and present life’s escapades, so much was being revealed to me. I began to realize that our meeting was divinely orchestrated.
My photo doesn’t do this intricately creative work justice!

Patricia Johnson’s published testimony:

“My first exposure to quilting was a workshop taught by a very talented Fiber Artist named Lethia Robertson. I later saw an exhibit of her work and was amazed at her creative use of color and fabric. Although I made many of my own clothes I did not think that I had the talent for quilting.”
Several years later I moved to Hampton, VA. and soon joined the Golden Thimble Needle Craft Guild which sparked my interest in quilting again, along with other types of needlework. I also attended workshops at quilt shows and local quilt shops. I then joined the 54-40 African American Quilting Guild. This guild came out of an workshop taught by Loretta Craig and was named after a quilt pattern she uses exclusively in her work”




Spirits of the Cloth: Contemporary African American Quilts by Carolyn Mazloomi, Pg. 183 





Learn more about Patricia Johnson in:

The International Review of African American: Fiber Art,The Stuff of Dreams, Fabric of Friendship Vo. 15, No. 4 ,1999, pg 30,31.

Newsletter IRAAA Update by Juliette Harris Bowles:
Museum, Thoughts & Talks for Friends of The Museum, Fall 2000

Spirits of the Cloth: Contemporary African American Quilts by Carolyn Mazloomi

Expressing Thanksgiving & Joy!
Linda Mose Meadows, Author & Inspirational Columnist:
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises


We understand that lasting impressions leave an indelible mark in our psyche and spirit. So I hope as you enjoy these photos of Ms. Patricia Johnson and her work, you too will begin to appreciate your acquaintances that I pray will blossom into lasting friendships. Had I never met Patricia Johnson it would have been a series of exchanged pleasantries at museum art openings. But while sitting and conversing with her I learned of her many interests, her volunteerism, her publications, her generosity, creative genius and her passion for art. Silently I prayed and thanked God for the lasting impressions that her inspirational quilts and textile art have made on the world. Beautiful, beautiful art!


Now in hind sight meeting this exceptional woman was another pearl that God had saved for this time in our lives. It’s was no coincidence meeting her. The road was paved as Michael (my son) volunteered at the Hampton University Museum occasionally working with Ms. Johnson on The International Review of African American Art. All of this was just another part of the divine plan. And wouldn’t you know it, his introduction to Patricia Johnson-well they’ve both made a lasting impression with the other! Ms. Johnson has shared not only her knowledge and wisdom regarding art appreciation, but generously shared gifts also. This was a natural connection. Mike’s a young man that enjoys, values family and friends, loves art, history and appreciates culture. He’s learning and being introduced to some phenomenal artists, witnessing their creative energy and gaining first hand experience about the administrative dynamics regarding the many facets of operating a museum. Now that’s God’s handy work!


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